I know, I know sugar cookies are a lot of work. And if you want them rolled and shaped into something there is no way around the work. If you want sugar cookies and don't care to use cookie cutters Brit's sugar cookie bars are the way to go. However, if you want to shape your cookies, these are the way to go. I have tried countless sugar cookie recipes and this is now the only one I use. It is the best! Trust me on this, you will not regret making this recipe. They taste like the Granny B's sugar cookies with the pink frosting that you can get at the gas station. Yummy!
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
Adapted from: Real Mom Kitchen
Yields: 20-30 three inch diameter cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg *
1/2 cup sour cream
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and nutmeg in a medium bowl, set aside.
Cream your butter in with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2-4 minutes. Add sugar and mix for another 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix to incorporate. Add about 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix well, add 1/3 of the sour cream, mix well. Continue that two more times. Your dough will be very soft. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours. If you leave it longer than that, you may have to let it sit at room temperature for a while before it is workable.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out your dough on a well floured surface with a well floured rolling pin to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick. Cut with well floured cookie cutters, place shapes on a cookie sheet with at least an inch spacing between each cookie and bake for 6-10 minutes just until the edges barely brown. Allow to cool a few minutes before removing from the cookie sheet.
You will definitely want to frost these as they are not super sweet.
*I add the nutmeg when I am making these in the fall they add just a hint of a festive fall flavor. It is very subtle, but so good. I love it. You can skip the nutmeg all together if you want. Enjoy!